los angeles in pano

right on the heels of my post about the arizona monsoon here is a similar (but different) short film by los angeles, california based photographer joe capra.

from both a technical and visual perspective these are incredible images. to create this film two synchronized dslr cameras were used for each scene and the images then stitched together to create what is effectively a 10k by 4k image. to put that into perspective, a standard high-definition tv produces 2k by 1k images on screen (approximately), so these final images are roughly 4 to 5 times larger than high-definition. that's huge.

visually, well ... here's the film for you to decide:


a new identity ... aka, a logo!

many years ago as i started to "get serious" about photography i created a logo for branding purposes and while i have continued to use that logo sporadically i have really struggled with whether to use it long-term.

while the original logo was creative to a degree it has become stale over time and i started to wonder if it really conveyed a personal touch. in the end, i felt as though a change was needed, but to what?

as i spent time considering what a logo should represent, and how it should be used from a branding perspective i narrowed my focus to establishing an identity and a mark (or logo) to represent that identity.

the difference, at least for me, is that identity represents me as an individual and my logo represents the link between my and my photographs. it's the link to connect the photograph with the "who."

over the years i have pulled back on my "seriousness" with photography and want to spend my creative time making photographs that i find engaging, emotional, visually appealing, and most of all enjoyable. i am not a professional photographer. far from it. but, that doesn't mean i don't take the craft of photography seriously.

as such, i want my photographs to represent me to the highest artistic level, and one of the most personal representations each of us posses is our signature. adding our signature implies that we have put our mark on something, that it fully and completely represents us as an individual. so, i have selected a signature-based logo for my photography:

photographer confrontation on a public road

as an amateur photographer i often worry about confrontation for a number of reasons. among the top reasons is that another person will take exception to the what, where, when, or how something is being photographed. now, the person may be a member of the public, a property owner or tenant, a local authority such as the police, or some other person or persons and they may approach and react to the situation in a broad spectrum of ways. as the photographer the best response is to always be polite, accommodating and understanding, and to engage in conversation as appropriate. while the vast majority of situations are never a big deal, there's always the potential for unexpected escalation and confrontation. these are challenging situations at best and potentially dangerous at worst. take the situation encountered by alex stone recently which was recorded and posted on youtube:

so, could this have been prevented? could this have been handled and managed differently? what can be learned from this situation? i have several observations about this particular incident that i want to share:

  • public road photography: did the photographer and the team have permission to take pictures in this location? despite this being a public location, it is still a road and there's no right to impact traffic even if your perspective is that there is little or no "inconvenience." others may not have the same perspective (even if they said nothing to you directly), and without permission (or even having provided pre-notification to local authorities that you will be in the area) you may have little recourse if something happens.
  • facilitating the escalation: while the photographer is polite (although perhaps a touch condescending at times) during this encounter, there doesn't appear to be anything to gain from continuing to engage with the man in the truck. why not just acknowledge his presence, apologize for any misunderstanding, and state that you will (as quickly as possible) gather your gear and be on your way?
  • post-escalation response: why call-out the man in the truck as  a "redneck" when posting the video? yes, contacting the police and even posting a video as a lesson for others may be prudent and reasonable, but there's no benefit from further stoking-the-fire by labeling the man in the truck. yes, he's clearly unreasonable but let his actions speak for themselves.

clearly my observations are pointed at the photographer in this situation. the potential for a confrontation was created by choosing to take photos on a public road without prior permission or notice. by continuing to engage with the man in the truck they allowed the situation to escalate. this all could have been avoided in my view.

with all of that said, the man in the truck is completely unreasonable and appears to have only been looking for fight. that the only damage done is to the phone is remarkable as this could have been much, much worse. perhaps the photographer has also learned a few lessons in the process as well.